Meals on Wheels Mesa County gets huge donation after funding cuts

Thousands of dollars are now going towards food-insecure seniors on the Western Slope.
Published: Sep. 19, 2023 at 3:07 PM MDT
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Meals on Wheels Mesa County feeling some relief after a huge donation from one of its neighbors. Western Colorado Community Foundation gave $20,000 to MoW to help with the state and federal funding cuts.

This, after COVID-19 pandemic relief funds were halted in July.

Meals on Wheels Director Amanda de Bock said, “At the start of the fiscal year, we found that we lost 20 percent of our funding. That, coupled with a 53 percent increase that we’ve seen in food costs. That really put our program in dire need because we have more than 87 people on a waitlist, and that waitlist is growing every day. This money will help us get people off that waiting list and get food,” de Bock said. That means turning away people to receive food, for now.

MoW delivers over 500 meals per day through volunteers. Plenty of seniors across the Western Slope are dependent on this service as their only source of nutritious foods.

If you would like to donate, or sign up to be a volunteer, you can visit this link.